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Over one thousand mourners gather in Bethlehem to lay 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah to rest

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Israeli forces shot 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah in the chest, killing him almost instantly on Monday afternoon, right as protests were beginning in front of Aida refugee camp, where the boy lived.

Since then Israeli media has reported that the boy was shot in the chest by accident. Some reports say Israeli forces meant to shoot the boy in the leg, but the bullet hit the concrete and ricocheted, while other reports claim Israeli forces were aiming at a different person all together.

Family members carry Abed Obeidallah to the local cemetery, passing by the boy's UNRWA school. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Family members carry Abed Obeidallah to the local cemetery, passing by the boy’s UNRWA school. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)

Regardless of the circumstances of Obeidallah’s death, more than one thousand mourners showed up to lay the young teenager to rest on Tuesday in a cemetery just minutes away from the UN school Obeidallah had just left from before he was shot.

Obeidallah was still in his school uniform when he died. His family said he was a good student, his teachers’ favorite. He loved playing football and making people laugh, his family said.

Abed Obeidallah's father before his son is laid to rest. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Abed Obeidallah’s father before his son is laid to rest. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Abed Obeidallah's sister kisses the head of Abed before he is laid to rest. ​​​ (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Abed Obeidallah’s sister kisses Abed’s head before he is laid to rest. ​​​
(Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Abed Obeidallah's uncle, Fadir Obeidallah, comforts his sister. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Abed Obeidallah’s uncle, Fadir Obeidallah, comforts his sister. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)

Obeidallah is the fourth Palestinian youth to have been shot dead by Israeli forces since Friday, amid ongoing clashes and ever-increasing tensions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the past several weeks.

Young men pray for Abed outside the local mosque during midday prayers before he is laid to rest. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Young men pray for Abed outside the local mosque during midday prayers before he is laid to rest. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
More than a thousand people took part in the 13-year-old's funeral. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
More than a thousand people took part in the 13-year-old’s funeral. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
"Abdelrahman's seat in our classroom will remain unoccupied." (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
“Abdelrahman’s seat in our classroom will remain unoccupied.” (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Abed Obeidallah's uncle, Fadir Obeidallah, points out a photo taken of Abed right before his death. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
Abed Obeidallah’s uncle, Fadir Obeidallah, points out a photo taken of Abed right before his death. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was in attendance, along with many other armed factions. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was in attendance, along with many other armed factions. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
The Fatah movement's armed wing attended the funeral. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
The Fatah movement’s armed wing attended the funeral. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
(Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
(Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
More than a thousand mourners attended the funeral of the 13-year-old boy shot dead by Israeli forces. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
More than a thousand mourners attended the funeral of the 13-year-old boy shot dead by Israeli forces. (Photo by Abed al Qaisi)
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RE: “Israeli forces shot 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah in the chest, killing him almost instantly on Monday afternoon, right as protests were beginning in front of Aida refugee camp, where the boy lived. Since then Israeli media has reported that the boy was shot in the chest by accident. Some reports say Israeli forces meant to shoot the boy in the leg, but the bullet hit the concrete and ricocheted, while other reports claim Israeli forces… Read more »

(The terrorist barbarians shot him in the heart)

RIP Abed, dear child of Palestine.

There was a sad incident in the UK in recent days when a young policeman ( obviously unarmed ) was killed when trying to stop a stolen vehicle using a “stinger” device. He had more courage and morality in his little finger than the entire IDF / Israeli Police/Israeli Border Police/Shin Bet put together. What scum of the earth these people have become.

The picture of his sister kissing his forehead speaks a thousand words. When Israel kills a Palestinian, they say they killed a “terrorist”. This is the convenient definition of Palestinians for the average Israeli. The average Israeli is carefully shielded from the humanity of this “other”. The media avoids any hints that these (sub) people don’t deserve what is being done to them. This is why people need to see more pictures of Palestinians as… Read more »